When you feel like you have a healthy smile, a trip to the dentist every six months may seem unnecessary. However, these checkups help ensure you do not have any issues that may be undetectable to yourself. During your general visit to Dental Impressions of Ankeny, IA, we look for early signs of cavities, gum disease, and many more problems that could harm your oral health. Taking the proper measures to care for your teeth and prevent problems will save you time, money, and stress in the future.Read more: Preventive Care Keeps Your Smile Healthy
Your Trip To The Dentist
Preventive dental care includes your daily oral hygiene routine and biannual dentist visits. To keep your smile fresh every day, make sure that you are brushing AND flossing twice a day. Brushing your teeth at night helps remove bacteria from eating food and drinking beverages throughout the day. In the morning, it’s important to repeat this step to combat bad breath that is caused by bacteria forming in your mouth overnight. Flossing helps reach those hard-to-get areas between your teeth and helps reduce your risk for gum disease.
If you are following the right steps for your dental routine, your six-month visit should be easygoing. These general appointments and cleanings allow your dentist to examine your smile and look for early signs of problems that can be treated early. The most important aspects of the regular checkup include X-rays and a cleaning which can remove plaque and tartar buildup.
How We Address Common Problems
If we notice during your appointment that you are facing challenges with your oral health, we can take the necessary steps to improve your hygiene.
Poor dental health – Your dentist can tell if you do not brush or floss properly. We can help you achieve better hygiene by giving you better tips and advice on keeping yourself healthy. Not brushing your teeth properly can lead to several problems from bad breath to tooth loss, so be sure to do this every day.
Early signs of cavities- Decay can be detected and even reversed if treated early enough. Fluoride can be applied after your cleaning to help strengthen the enamel against cavity-causing bacteria. If the cavity has already formed, a filling can restore the tooth. It’s important to address cavities early so that you do not have to go through invasive procedures like a root canal or extraction later.
Gingivitis – The first stage of gum disease can be seen through symptoms of swollen gums and bleeding during flossing. Detecting this early will allow us to plan deep cleanings to stop the progression of more severe gum disease. Periodontal cleaning involves a series of root planing and scaling. While this is a more intense clean, it is important to do as soon as the first signs are detected to limit the impact of gum disease.
Schedule Your Checkup Today!
Take care of your oral hygiene with Dental Impressions of Ankeny, IA. To schedule your next visit, call us at 515-965-0230 today.